Please select your home edition
Edition
Clipper Ventures
JOIN THE RACE JOIN THE 2019-20 RACE MAGAZINE DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL SOUVENIR RACE MAGAZINE Check out the latest photo galleries from The Clipper Race
UNICEF ABOUT UNICEF

The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 16: Eyes on the rear view mirror

by Clipper Round the World Race 3 Dec 04:48 PST 3 December 2019
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 16 © Clipper Race

The competition among the fleet is heating up as it's not just front runners who are jostling on the race track.

Over the last 24 hours, Zhuhai has been chasing down WTC Logistics who keep popping up and then disappearing on the former's AIS screen.

First Mate of WTC Logistics, Dan Jones, has been enjoying the competition, enjoying a spot of gentle sledging towards his rivals. He says: "After our brief encounter with Zhuhai yesterday, we hoisted our Code 2 and shot away, with no returning kite hoist from Zhuhai. We assumed First Mate James Finney had spotted something shiny, becoming distracted and failed to notice us driving away from him.

"Jokes aside, they subsequently had sped up by the next position update, causing us to continue to push the edge of our Code 2's wind rating. 'We decided to drop the Code 2 at lunch time as the swell started to build and hoist our Code 3 (a slightly smaller large white thing) which kept us powering along at 12-18 knots. A great days spinnakering...away from Zhuhai."

Qingdao has gone into Stealth Mode, hoping to secure an advantage from first placed team, Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam, who won't be able to track its every move for 24 hours. Both teams have been making fast progress towards Australia, with their current ETA's into Fremantle showing as Saturday morning (7 December).

Currently battling big waves and Southern Ocean surfs, the Clipper Race Onboard Reporter on Dare To Lead has recorded a snapshot of the conditions the team are facing.

With just four days to go until the first teams complete Leg 3, keep an eye on the Race Viewer to see the teams' progress.

Related Articles

The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 18
Imagine your Korea is in Stealth Mode As ETA's are now in frequent circulation, the competitive side of The Clipper Race remains ever present in the minds of all teams battling in the The Marlow Southern Ocean Sleigh Ride, alongside a safe arrival into Fremantle, Australia. Posted today at 11:57 am
Clipper Races confirms Race Finish Partner
Royal Albert Dock in London will be the final destination The world's toughest endurance challenge, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, has announced its new partnership with Royal Albert Dock (RAD), London's new international destination for business and leisure. Posted today at 7:54 am
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 17
Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam goes into Stealth Mode This follows the trend set by its rival Qingdao, who, this morning, resurfaced from this tactical maneuver. Whether this was successful will be revealed tomorrow for all the avid Race Viewer followers. Posted on 4 Dec
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 15
The chasing pack prepares to enter the sprint Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam has relinquished its windward position, and the lead, to Qingdao after completing the Dell Latitude Rugged Ocean Sprint. Posted on 2 Dec
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 14
Viet Nam has retaken the lead from close rival Qingdao After two weeks at sea Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam has retaken the lead from close rival Qingdao in Race 4: the Marlow Southern Ocean Sleigh Ride. Posted on 1 Dec
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 13
Sprint or a stroll in the sunshine? Lighter winds and sunshine greeted the teams towards the front of the pack on the thirteenth day of racing in The Marlow Southern Ocean Sleigh Ride. Posted on 30 Nov
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 12
The upcoming change in weather may bring some long awaited sunshine "The sky is grey, the sea is grey, the squalls are grey." Reports Ha Long Bay, Viet Nam Skipper Josh Stickland, on the twelfth day of racing from Cape Town to Fremantle. Posted on 29 Nov
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 11
Happy Thanksgiving The Clipper Race teams have many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, on the racing front; a slight break in the tough squally conditions that they have been facing over the last 48hrs. Posted on 28 Nov
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 10
The leading teams are reaching the midway point The leading teams are reaching the midway point of Leg 3, and with Clipper Race Meteorologist, Simon Rowell, calling the weather 'fruity', there were lots of individual sail battles for the Skippers and crew to contend with. Posted on 27 Nov
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 9
The Scoring Gate results are in The Scoring Gate, which is positioned approximately 135 nm due north of the rhumb line, offers the opportunity for the first three teams that pass through the gate to gain bonus points. Posted on 26 Nov
MBW newsletters (top)